A guard stands at a gate to Fort Sam Houston on June 10 in San Antonio. Police have arrested a gunman for a shooting at the main gate of the Army post. (Eric Gay/AP)
An instructor at the Army Medical Department Center and School was in stable condition today after a shooting at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
The woman, an active-duty service member who taught in one of the officer courses, was shot multiple times, post spokesman Brent Boller said.
The suspected shooter, whom local news reports said is a retired sergeant major, is in custody, Boller said.
Shortly before 3 p.m. today, the suspect walked into the victim’s office and the two got into an argument, Boller said. The victim asked the suspect to walk with her to a nearby veranda outside; that is when she was shot, Boller said.
The suspect then fled the scene, ditched a handgun, got into a car and drove off, Boller said.
He made contact with the San Antonio Police Department through his attorney and was arrested shortly afterward, Boller said.
Boller said he did not have details about a motive, but local news outlets have reported the suspect and the victim were in a relationship.
Fort Sam Houston and the more than 30,000 people on post at the time were put on lockdown “immediately” after the shots were fired, Boller said. The lockdown lasted until about 3:40 p.m., after the suspect, who was still on post, was taken into custody, Boller said.
“The active shooter plan worked exactly like it was supposed to,” he said, citing cooperation between military officials and local authorities.
The victim is being treated at the San Antonio Military Medical Center.
The suspect is expected to face federal charges because the incident occurred on post.